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 HurdyGurdyLE by Soundbytes is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product HurdyGurdyLE
Developer Soundbytes
Price (MSRP)
Free (Donationware)
Type / Tags Hurdy Gurdy
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HurdyGurdyLE recreates the sound and playing technique of the Hurdy Gurdy. It has been built to recreate not only the sound but also the true behaviour of the original instrument.

  • Chanter and Drones will sound continuously as long as the instrument is playing.
  • As with the real instrument, the sound will not stop when all keys are released. Instead the base key note plays on.
  • Use the pitch wheel or a continuous MIDI controller to activate the trompette buzz. Playing the trompette will also alter pitch and volume for increased realism.
  • Use aftertouch or pitch wheel to bend the chanter note. This is done by pressing the key against the chanter string and does not influence the pitch of the drones.

HurdyGurdyLE is available for free (donationware) and is a showcase for Soundbytes forthcoming HurdyGurdyDrone instrument.

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Discussion: Active
23 October 2013 at 11:42pm

Pour les français qui ne savent pas ce que c'est que cet instrument, le Hurdy Gurdy : c'est notre bonne vieille vielle à roue utilisée dans la musique traditionnelle de toutes nos régions de France .


20 February 2017 at 5:31pm

Does anyone know how to register this vst? I have tried 3 different licenses - each time, it says my license data is accepted - then, it remains in demo mode.

20 February 2017 at 5:44pm

A suggestion: redo it a last time... but after having launched your DAW in administrator mode (right-click on the icon then "Run in administrator mode"). You do it only to register your plugin, not each time you launch your DAW.

That kind of issue occurs generally when the DAW (or the plugin) is installed in "Program files" or in "Program files (x86)". The best is to install the software music applications in a dedicated tree made by yourself ("C:\Computer music\" for example). This solution solves definitely all that kinds of flaws due to the limitation on Write operation by Microsoft Windows on its "sensible trees" since Windows 8.

19 May 2018 at 4:18am

Has anyone ever received paid-up license keys? None received and no response from support.

19 May 2018 at 11:40am

There is a license key for a free tool ?

Have you observed some limitations in your use ?

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